What if every high school student graduated with the vision of a leader, the tenacity of an entrepreneur, and the passion of a change-maker? LearnServe empowers DC-area students to become a new generation of leaders, equipped with the 21st century skills and the motivation they need to transform their communities. The Fellows Program teaches participating high schoolers the fundamentals of business planning and entrepreneurship, and then guides them as they create and launch their own "social ventures." One student founded a scholarship program for children of incarcerated parents; one mobilized teams of peers to teach a hands-on science curriculum at local elementary schools; and another launched a high school financial literacy program. LearnServe also offers summer service-learning trips to Paraguay, Zambia, and Jamaica, where students support ongoing development efforts in poverty, HIV/AIDS, education, and the environment (70% receive financial aid). Since 2004, LearnServe has engaged 800 students at nearly 50 DC-area schools, inspiring kids first to change their communities ... and then the world. Won’t you join them on the journey?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Internationally; Jamaica; Paraguay; Zambia

Age Groups Served: Teenagers; Grade 9-12

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 40%; Asian American, 5%; Caucasian, 40%; Latino/Hispanic, 5%; Multicultural, 5%; Other, 5%

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: DC Public and Charter Schools:; Ballou High School; Benjamin Banneker Academic Senior High School; Columbia Heights Education Campus – Bell Multicultural High School; Luke C. Moore Academy; McKinley Tech; Roosevelt High School; School Without Walls; Woodrow Wilson Senior High School; Capital City Public Charter School; Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy – Capitol Hill Campus; Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy – Parkside Campus; E. L. Haynes; Friendship Collegiate; Friendship Tech Prep; Perry Street Prep; SEED Public Charter School; Thurgood Marshall Academy; Prince George's County Public Schools:; Central High School; Northwestern High School; Parkdale High School; Montgomery County Public High Schools:; Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School; Montgomery Blair High School; Richard Montgomery High School; Rockville High School; Wheaton High School; Winston Churchill High School; Fairfax County Public Schools:; Annandale High School; Falls Church High School; J.E.B. Stuart High School; McLean High School; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; W. T. Woodson High School; Independent Schools;; Bullis School; Edmund Burke; Elizabeth Seton; Field School; French International School; Georgetown Day School; Maret School; The Potomac School; Sandy Spring Friends School; Sidwell Friends School; St. Andrews Episcopal School; Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart; Washington International School

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Budget (FY2014)

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